Business

Big IT job-training grant for Kansas City

The Full Employment Council is getting a $500,000 grant, one of three agencies nationally getting training funds channeled from the White House to train long-term unemployed for information technology jobs in the metro area.

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Kansas City-based Assurant reports financial improvements

The specialty insurance and benefits company, which is headquartered on Grand Boulevard near Crown Center, said net operating income increased 25 percent to $14.4 million in the quarter compared with the same period in 2013. Net earned premiums, fees and other revenue increased 4 percent during the quarter to $268.8 million.

Business

Investments boost DST earnings by 75 percent

The Kansas City-based company said it collected a $103.5 million gain, before taxes, from selling its remaining stake in a private company, which it did not name. Profits independent of such investment gains rose 6.9 percent.

Nearly half of Kansas City area health care workers lack bachelor’s degrees

The health care industry is fueled more by workers who have an associate degree or less than it is by workers who have earned bachelor’s degrees in health-related fields. A Brookings Institution study says the less educated health care workforce makes up more than half of the nation’s health care labor pool. In the Kansas City area, it’s 46.1 percent.

Nearly half of Kansas City area health care workers lack bachelor’s degrees

The health care industry is fueled more by workers who have an associate degree or less than it is by workers who have earned bachelor’s degrees in health-related fields. A Brookings Institution study says the less educated health care workforce makes up more than half of the nation’s health care labor pool. In the Kansas City area, it’s 46.1 percent.

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A one-stop shop for dorm decor

Jeff Gawronski founded DormCo.com four years ago with a business model that takes a few pages from Amazon’s playbook. DormCo carries about 4,500 products, including comforters, lamps and other lights, futons, loungers, benches and other seating, and customized products such as lofted beds.

A one-stop shop for dorm decor

Jeff Gawronski founded DormCo.com four years ago with a business model that takes a few pages from Amazon’s playbook. DormCo carries about 4,500 products, including comforters, lamps and other lights, futons, loungers, benches and other seating, and customized products such as lofted beds.

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Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

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Sprint will sell Google apps, tech support

Sprint is aiming the service, starting Aug. 18, at midsize businesses. In addition to Google’s roster of business apps, including Google Docs, Google Drive and Google Vault, Sprint will provide information technology support and sell its own mobile service and phones.